We could see MLB history this week. Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales enters Monday’s matchup in Baltimore having homered in seven straight games, a franchise record. The MLB record of eight straight is held by three players: Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., current Marlins manager and former Yankee Don Mattingly, and former Pittsburgh Pirate Dale Long. Could Morales join or even pass them? Here’s a look at two other intriguing matchups this week. Check back for MLB betting odds on gameday.
The Giants have made the playoffs in every even-numbered year this decade but that streak is going to end. The team essentially waived the white flag when catcher Buster Posey had season-ending hip surgery over the weekend. Posey probably would have kept playing through the ailment if his team was in playoff contention but it’s not. The six-time All-Star has been hobbled by a hip problem all season. Posey, 31, recently got a cortisone injection and missed last month’s All-Star Game.
Posey is hitting .284 with 5 homers and 41 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, he is hitting .273 with no homers and 10 RBIs. He hadn’t homered in a span of 173 at-bats since June 19, the third-longest homerless drought of his career in terms of days. The injury was even more noticeable in Posey’s defense. A Gold Glove winner in 2016, he has thrown out only 17 of 59 base stealers this season — a career-low 29 percent. Posey will need 6-8 months of rehab, which means it’s possible he’s not ready for the 2019 season opener against the San Diego Padres late next March.
The Giants also might be soon shutting down pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who has been terrible when healthy this year. Samardzija will get a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder from Dr. Tim McAdams. Samardzija experienced renewed soreness in the shoulder after a rehab start last Thursday. He’s probably done as there’s no reason to rush him back. Fellow pitcher Johnny Cueto already has been lost to Tommy John surgery that could keep him out all of next year.
It’s lefty ace Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Bumgarner (5-5, 2.88) tossed eight innings and earned the victory last Thursday, allowing just one run on five hits (one home run) while striking out eight in the 3-1 win over the Mets.: Bumgarner cruised through six scoreless innings before serving up a solo homer to Todd Frazier in the seventh, but aside from that it was a very dominant performance. He needed a good outing after getting knocked around for six runs by the Reds in his last start. The 29-year-old has accumulated an 81:34 K:BB in 93.2 innings in 2018.
It’s surprising Clay Buchholz for Arizona. Buchholz (7-2, 2.25) was brilliant last time out vs. the Angels with seven scoreless innings. Buchholz yielded four hits and struck out seven with no walks for his eighth straight game of at least five innings and three runs or fewer allowed. Buchholz has joined the conversation for NL Comeback Player of the Year, going 6-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his last eight starts, including an Aug. 4 victory vs. the Giants. He has given up three runs in his last 23 innings.
The Nationals already have thrown on the towel on their season in basically giving away second baseman Daniel Murphy and first baseman Matt Adams to the Cubs and Cardinals, respectively. Could be more bad news as closer Kelvin Herrera left Sunday’s game with a foot injury that required X-rays. It sure didn’t look good.
One bright spot this year has been outfielder Juan Soto, a top candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. In Sunday’s blowout of the Mets, he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Soto snapped the Nationals’ 32-inning scoreless drought with an RBI groundout, plating Trea Turner with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. He picked up his second RBI of the contest with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth, and also singled and scored in the ninth. The 19-year-old future superstar has walked (60) nearly as many times as he’s struck out (72), while hitting .290/.408/.507 with 60 runs scored, 15 homers and 47 RBIs.
It’s lefty Gio Gonzalez here – although he could be traded by Wednesday as Gonzalez already has cleared waivers. No reason for Washington to keep him since he will be a free agent. Gonzalez (7-11, 4.35) had really been struggling and took the loss Friday, allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings while striking out two as the Nationals fell 3-0 to the Mets. Since the All-Star break,
Gonzalez has three starts in which he gave up only one run over seven innings, but his ERA in the other three outings of the second half is a gruesome 13.14. He’s also been the victim of some poor run support even when he does pitch well — in 15 starts since the beginning of June, Gonzalez’s record is 1-9. This will be his third start of the season against the Phillies.
The Phillies go with Jake Arrieta. He allowed four runs in six-plus innings Friday in Toronto, but he has pitched well for more than a month. After a rough June, Arrieta is 4-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 10 starts. Opponents have hit .233 against him in that stretch.
Expert MLB Betting Picks of the Week
Take the Giants in a low-scoring game and Philadelphia.
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